- Hermes leads the ghosts of the suitors to death. They find the ghost of Achilles, Patroclus, Antilochus, and Agamemnon. The ghosts are surprised to see the suitors' ghosts all at the same time. Agamemnon asks Amphimedon what happened.
- Amphimedon tells him about Penelope and her wiles and gods-supported plot he thinks was hatched jointly by Penelope, Odysseus, and Telemachus, which led to the ambush of the suitors. He adds that the bodies are lying uncared for.
- Agamemnon says that Odysseus is blessed and the name of Penelope will never die. She is so different a woman from the daughter of Tyndareus.
- While the suitors' ghosts talk to the Trojan War ghosts, Odysseus, Telemachus, Eumaeus, and Philoetius go to Laertes. Odysseus sends the others to find a pig for dinner and says he will see whether his father recognizes him. He gives his armor to Eumaeus and Philoetius as he goes to the vineyard. Odysseus compliments the old man on his skills with the garden. He says the old man takes better care of the garden than himself. He asks if he has really reached Ithaca. Odysseus says he is looking for his friend, the son of Laertes.
- Laertes says that Ithaca has fallen on evil times and his son is unburied. He then asks the stranger who his parents are.
- Odysseus says he is the son of King Aphheidas of Alybas where Odysseus was five years earlier.
- Laertes groans. Odysseus grabs his father and kisses him telling him that he's his son. His father wants proof. Odysseus tells the story of the boar's tusk scar. He also…
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